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Maggie Secrest with not one but TWO 22" Valley browns! Photo: Tate Higgins

The past couple days the Yellowstone has been tiger striped with “green is good” and slightly too-brown-to-fish water.  Thankfully we’ve been able to work around the clarity and those who have hit it right have caught some really nice browns!  Dead drifting streamers or larger nymphs has been the most effective, although several folks have been doing well stripping streamers.  Dry fly action has been best above Yankee Jim, but we are starting to see some normal (non-chocolate) caddis in the evenings.  A size 12-16 trude, or hi-vis elkhair works well for this.   As for salmonflies, you might still find a few stragglers between Gardiner and Carbella, but for the most part this hatch has moved up into Yellowstone National Park.  For those who are willing to hike, this can be one of the most exciting days you’ll ever have!  Give us a call if you’d like to book a “hike and strike” trip for YNP… 406-222-7130.

Maggie Secrest with another lunker! WOW... Photo: Ian Secrest